Impressive re-entry of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket second stage

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September 5th 2022

Today around 6h05 Spanish local time (4h05 UT) it was possible to observe the re-entry of the second stage of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket that has put 51 new Starlink satellites into orbit.

The phenomenon has been visible from much of the south and central-east of Spain and has been observed by many people. It has also been recorded by the detectors of the SMART project (Red de Bolides y Meteoros del Suroeste de Europa - Red SWEMN) from Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada, La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Olocau (Valencia), Ayora ( Valencia) and Cullera (Valencia).

In addition, several of the external cameras of Calar Alto Observatory in Almería have also been able to record this impressive event.

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Fireball above south Mediterranean Sea on August 17th.

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August 18th 2022

At 21h18 UT of August 17th 2022, a fireball with an asteroidal origin flew above south Mediterranean Sea, in front of both Morocco and Spain coasts.

This object was registered with the Smart Project detectors operated at Calar Alto (Almería), La Hita (Toledo), Huelva, Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), Seville and Aljarafe (Seville) observatories.

Two of the external cameras located at Calar Alto Observatory also recorded the event.

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Two fireballs make the sky shine on August 5th and 11th

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August  12th 2022

Two bright fireballs have been observed from the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería on the nights of August 5th and 11th, 2022.

We have no data available for the first one, while for the second one, a beautiful Perseid occurred at 04:08 UT on August 11th. The Perseid crossed the sky of the province of Jaén from the west to the southwest, leaving a beautiful, while short trail in its wake. The SMART Project detectors that recorded the event are those operated at the observatories of Calar Alto in Almería, La Sagra in Granada, El Aljarafe, Seville, Huelva and La Hita in Toledo.

In any case, some of the external surveillance cameras of the Calar Alto Observatory were able to record both objects.

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Fireball time

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August 3rd 2022

Summer is a good time for observing fireballs above our skies.

Since July 31st, a great amount of these nice objects were seeing crossing the sky. With the Alpha-Capricornids and the Perseids on maximum, our skies are plenty of such fireballs.

Not all of these phenomena can be analyzed. It is impossible.

We will bring the nicest ones to our web page

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First Perseid of the summer in the early hours of July 28.

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July 28th 2022

On the night of July 28, at 02:28 UT, a brilliant fireball crossed the province of Granada, leaving a beautiful and brief trail of colors. After the event, A study has been carried out that indicates that it is the first Perseid coming from Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The object could be registered by the detectors that the SMART Project operates in the observatories of Calar Alto in Almería, Huelva, La Hita in Toledo, La Sagra and Sierra Nevada in Granada and Seville.

The external cameras of the Calar Alto Observatory captured this beautiful event.

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